A five-year-old girl was left orange faced after getting her hands on her mum’s fake tan.
Louise Birchley had been taking a nice relaxing bath at home when her little girl, Ellie, came in with a dark glow on her hands and face.
The 31-year-old mum quickly realised that the youngster must have been playing with her fake tan and hurried out of the bath to wash it off before it had a chance to develop further.
Louise said: “I was just in the bath when Ellie shouted to me and asked to use my moisturiser. I said yes because she asks to borrow it regularly, so I didn’t think anything of it.
“The next thing I know, she walks into the bathroom and her face and hands were dark brown.
“I was in shock when I first looked at her. I was like ‘oh my god’ and jumped out of the bath to try and wash it off as quickly as possible before it started to develop.
“It was a new bottle of tan that I had bought that day. I hadn’t used it before, so I had no idea what the outcome was going to be, however, the bottle said ‘dark tan. lasts for days’ so I had a feeling I wasn’t going to be able to get it off her easily.”
After trying to wipe off as much of the tan as possible, Louise knew it would be a case of waking up in the morning to see how tanned Ellie would be.
Unfortunately, the next day the youngster’s skin was an orangey colour, and Louise said she resembled Bart Simpson.
“When I woke up the next day and saw her orange face, I couldn’t believe it. It almost looked like she had jaundice,” she said.
“She also had a really dark patch on her chin which she obviously hadn’t rubbed in hard enough. And as she had just applied in with her hands, they were just as orange as her face.
“I was actually thinking about tanning the rest of her body to give her an even colour, rather than her face just being tanned, but I decided against it and hope it would quickly fade.
“Ellie claims she didn’t know she was using fake tan, but she definitely knew what she was doing. She is such a girly girl and loves everything about hair, makeup and tanning.
“She has seen me putting fake tan on myself, so she probably wanted to experiment with it.”
Louise says that Ellie seemed pleased with herself and the results of her tanning session until she went to school and people kept telling her she looked tanned.
“When she woke up I think she actually was quite chuffed with the job she’d done. Although her older sister, Mia, nine, was so embarrassed that she refused to hold her hand and walk into school with her.
“I then had to explain to Ellie’s teachers what had happened and why she was going into school with an orange face,” Louise explained.
“She started to get more embarrassed about her tanning incident when she arrived at school and people were asking her about it.
“It took about three days before the colour started to fade. I’ll have to keep an eye on my bottles of fake tan from now on.”